Dating to ca. 1820, I have had this superb Georgian necklace in my private collection for the past six years, but it is slightly too long for my neck, so I have decided to "de-access" it for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
This necklace has all of the "bells and whistles," and is in fabulous, all-original condition! This jewel was crafted completely by hand by a lapidary of great skill, and is just as beautiful and sound today as it was when it was wrought over 185 years ago!
Crafted from 15k yellow gold (unmarked but tested), this jewel boasts an astounding, solid gold box clasp, and a hand-soldered, link-in-link chain. The top of the clasp is decorated with canetille, filigree, beadwork and wirework, with a star and flower motif in the center. The workmanship is absolutely unsurpassed; this is one of the best-constructed jewels I have owned in a very long time! The initials of the original owner, "A.D. SZ" are engraved in elegant script on the back of the box clasp.
The clasp measures 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 3.5 mm thick! It boasts gold hinges on both sides, and is decorated on the reverse with tiny gold beadwork. The body of this choker-length necklace is wrought from individual heavy gold wire hoops which lay flat against the neck. This Renaissance-inspired chain measures 10 mm wide (just about 3/8"), and there are literally dozens of these stunning links!
With its clasp, this necklace measures 16" wearable length. It weighs 34.8 grams of 15k gold; well over 1 ounce! This regal jewel is meant to be worn high on the neck, with the clasp as the focal point. This necklace feels silky and comfortable against the skin, and the gold has built up a lovely "bloom" that only genuine age can impart! My neck is 1" too small to make the clasp lay flat, but this is a grand opportunity for a lady with an average-sized neck to acquire a magnificent and important Georgian necklace!
Although this necklace is not hallmarked, I believe it is of Swiss origin. The Swiss were second only to the French in producing the finest canetille and granulation work of the early 19th-century, and this jewel is fit for a European Duchess! This necklace appears never to have been tampered with, and is free of damage, dents, repairs or replacements. It still retains its hand-cut, hinged "tongue-in-groove" clasp and fittings. SO ELEGANT!
A classically wearable jewel, this necklace is just as wearable today as it was when it graced the neck of the wealthy Regency-era lady of fashion for whom it was made almost two centuries ago! The engraved initials on the back of the clasp indicate that this jewel was a gift for a beloved wife or daughter. I am certain that she treasured this remarkable necklace, and so will you!
If you collect the ULTIMATE in Georgian-era jewelry, this one-of-a-kind necklace belongs on your neck and in your collection! This is one investment-quality jewel that you will wear again and again! It will also make a superlative holiday gift for that special lady fond of the ultimate in fine, Regency era jewelry! Or better yet, treat yourself this year; you deserve it! I assure you that there is not another necklace like this in existence; do not miss this superb jewel!
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